Alexander A. Messinger
Areas of Specialization
MSArch, University of Pennsylvania
MArch, University of Pennsylvania
MCP, University of Pennsylvania
BArch, Town Planning, with Distinction, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
A member of the faculty since 1990, Professor Messinger has taught Foundation and Interior Design studios at all levels, Capstone in Interior Design, and courses in theory of design and architecture. First as the Director of Interior Design he instituted the curriculum that brought the program to its first national accreditation. He served as the Associate Director of Architecture developing the program’s curriculum, and as Interim Director of Industrial Design he developed the curriculum for the Industrial Design degree program. Prior to his time here, he taught in the Department of Architecture of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania as the Coordinator of Advance Studies in Structures
In the studio Professor Messinger encourages an active exchange of ideas with his students. He provides a wealth of resources and expects his students to integrate advanced building technologies, materials, and lighting systems knowledge into their designs. He inspires students by introducing them to and encouraging them to express their design in a poetic narrative so that their unique personal design style will give them a competitive edge as professionals. He invites principals of design firms for design reviews, where the students present their key design ideas. In many cases his students have received job offers from those principals. In addition, Professor Messinger has reached out to many organizations to involve his students in community design projects including Visitation BVM School in Philadelphia, Community Center in Narberth, PA, and The Interact Women’s Shelter in Chester, PA. His students have presented their design work to the mayor of Chester and city council and students were also interviewed by TV station ABC Channel 6. These experiences not only contribute to the welfare of the community but give the students an ongoing model of sharing their skills with people in need.
Alex’s teaching accomplishments were recognized when he received The President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in May 2008. Professor Messinger is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Association of Energy Engineers, the Illuminating Engineering Society, and the Association of Engineers and Architects in Israel. He is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and Israel.